Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quincy Students Learn About Stonecutting



The art of stonecutting has been around since before the pyramids.  The art is kept alive today by people like Alan Tollakson.  The Emporia man has been working on the statehouse renovations for the past two years.  Recently, he took some time off to share his skills with students at Quincy Elementary School.  Tollakson talked to the students about the tools he uses and how he carves stone.  Each of the students got to spend a few minutes chipping into stone to find out how difficult it can be.  Tollakson is not only showing students how to carve stone, he is also carving Quincy’s mascot, the roadrunner, which will soon be on display at the school.  Tollakson was brought to Quincy by Kimberly Adam, visual arts coordinator at the school.